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George Pyle: Anti-abortion is a long way from pro-life

It is a rhetorical non sequitur that has been the butt of so many jokes and the punch line of so many cartoons over the years that one might think that intelligent politicians and activists would have abandoned it long ago.

In fact it was apparently the centerpiece of the governor’s candidate forum at last week’s convention of the far-right Eagle Forum. There, people seeking both to be governor and to have the blessing of the state shrinking but still very active ultra-conservative group competed for the most blatant application of it.

That’s the idea that modern conservatives and 21st century Republicans get to call themselves “pro-life” when they are clearly nothing of the sort.